Newcastle is the 2nd largest metropolitan city of New South Wales and is located to the north of Sydney. The port city is well known for its coal production and is located at the mouth of Hunter River. Coal was discovered in the region in the early 1800s and the first settlers named the region after Newcastle upon Tyne in England, which is also a mining city. Many industries were established in the initial period including steel, copper and soap. As more and more settlers came into the area for mining, the industry grew rapidly and has now become the largest exporter of coal in the world.
There is plenty to do in Newcastle, be it the city or the beach. Newcastle is the only Australian city in the list of Lonely Planet’s Top Cities to Visit in 2011.
The Bathers Way is a coastal walking path stretching 5 km from Nobbys Headland in the north to the Merewether Beach in the south. Along the way are many historic locations, such as Fort Scratchley, which was built in the late 1800 expecting an attack from Russia. It was used in WWII as a defense post for Japanese aerial attacks and is currently a museum showcasing the colonial era.
The beach itself is perfect for bathing, swimming or surfing. It also has many Ocean Baths from small pools built in the colonial era for private use to new 100m pools. One of the main surfing events in the country, Surfest is held in Newcastle each year attracting top surfers from all over the world. When it was inaugurated 1985, it was the richest professional surfing competition and since has become one of the main tourist attractions drawing thousands of spectators each year.
A 30 minute drive to the north of Newcastle brings you to Stockton Bight where the famous sand dunes are. The windy conditions shift the sand constantly making it the largest mobile sand dune in the southern hemisphere. Quad Bike and 4WD rides can be hired for anyone wanting to experience the thrills of a high speed slide down the slopes.
The Civic Theatre in Newcastle was inaugurated in 1929 and was designed to be one of the landmark buildings in the region. Initially used for theatrical productions it has recently been refurbished into one of the state of the art entertainment venues. The shopping centers in and around Newcastle include the Stockland Glendale in Glendale and Stockland Green Hills in East Maitland both of which includes major boutiques and popular chain stores.
Places To Eat in Newcastle
Places to eat in Newcastle, your local guide to Cafes and Restaurant's in Newcastle, each with contact details, directions map and the latest offers on the table.
Places To Stay in Newcastle
Places to stay in Newcastle, your local guide to accommodation, Apartments, Cabins or Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds.
Things To See And Do in Newcastle
Places to see and things to do in Newcastle, the Newcastle region offers a vast range of places to see that are unique to the region. With beaches and National Parks in and around Newcastle, tours and so much more.